Travel Guide PA: Booze Notes on this Current Trip

Years ago, my friend Jeff said the only two things more expensive in Pennsylvania are gas and alcohol. So far, he’s been right. I always visit the liquor stores just to see if they have anything I cannot find in New Jersey, but more often than not, I walk out empty-handed. For example, Johnnie Walker…

Another History of Liquor Lecture

On March 2nd, I will be giving a lecture on the history of liquor at Brookdale Community College for the third time. To my happiness, it has been very well received so far, even calls for a sequel. I try to cover as much as I can. Such an extensive topic can not be condensed into…

Travel Guide PA: King of Prussia and the Surrounding Area

King of Prussia is one of those places I have driven past my entire life en route to Lancaster. I knew there was a mall—a big mall—but that was about it. A day-trip this weekend turned into a one night’s stay, so here are some quick hits for the Travel Guide.

Christmas 2016 Product Review: Torani Bacon Syrup

There is bacon everything on the market. I love the smokey pork product as much as anyone, but how much is too much? Months ago, I was introduced to something called Bacon Syrup. While I was very skeptical at first, an initial whiff of the liquid produced by Torani had me going,”Wow!”. It truly smelled…

Travel Guide PA: Kennett Square Odds and Ends

Below are some food and drink-related odds and ends which did not make it into my restaurant reviews from this past trip to Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. Again, we went in August, so don’t be thrown off guard with mentions of how hot it was as I sit here posting this in 30 degree December weather.

Happy Thanksgiving 2016: What’s Cooking?

Ah, the day has finally come. The one holiday anyone can celebrate. What is more American than a day devoted entirely to eating? Not much else. Below is what is one the menu in my house today. My mom takes care of most of it, but there are a few things I will be handling…

Travel Guide PA: Strasburg is a Train Lover’s Paradise

Any chance you get to have a drink aboard a hundred-plus year old rail car, you have to take it. The modicum that Strasburg and it’s many train-based attractions are only appealing to families or those who have small children is a false one. Anyone can have fun here. While I am not a “Rail…

The Recipe Book: Awesome Bacon-Bourbon Brussels Sprouts

Since people are starting to compile their Thanksgiving recipes, I figured I would share this one. Brussels Sprouts have always gotten a bad wrap. I do not know why. Yes, they are like little cabbages and they don’t smell too great when being steamed, but if cooked the right way, a whole world of flavor can…

Product Review: Jim Beam “Jacob’s Ghost” White Whiskey

It’s going to look great on the shelf and be a source of intrigue and questions as long as it has a place on your bar. “Ghost whiskey? Hmm what’s that?” Well, that’s a good question. According to the label, this spirit (pun-intended) is actually not “un-aged white dog” (it sure tastes like it), but aged for…

Product Review: Alibi American Whiskey

Sipping whiskey out on the deck of the Fulton Steamboat Inn in Lancaster, PA. Normally when I travel, I bring a bottle of Maker’s Mark with me. This is just my standard. It’s what I pour after I have come back to the room to start blogging about the day’s events. On a trip to…